Jean Egan, MPH, RD, is Public Health Consultant Manager at Michigan Department of Community Health. Ms. Egan is responsible for Training, Evaluation and Compliance Unit functions for the State of Michigan Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
Ms. Egan is liaison for WIC with the NIH funded Mothers In Motion (MIM) Study of Paraprofessional Peer Telephone Counseling. The MIM aims to prevent weight gain among African American (AA) and white overweight/obese WIC mothers18-39 years old by promoting healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management. The MIM will deliver theory-based, culturally-sensitive intervention messages via a combination of DVDs featuring AA and white overweight/obese WIC mothers who will participate in a healthy lifestyle intervention patterned after MIM and peer support group teleconferences (PSGTs) led by MSUE nutrition (paraprofessional) educators who will be trained in motivational interviewing.